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“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” | Psalm 51:12
In even the most beautiful of relationships, it happens. No matter how much you or your significant other may try to prepare beforehand, somehow it will still manage to creep up on you at some point in your life together.
Can’t figure out what I’m talking about? I’ll explain it all in one word:
C o m p l a c e n c y .
There was that “spark” at the beginning of the relationship. The butterflies in your tummy when the love of your life walked into the room. The way your heart would race when you noticed him or her smiling at you. The nerves and clammy hands and awkward laughs involved when you both finally had the guts to tell each other how you felt for the first time.
Whether you’ve already met your husband or wife, OR if you’re still waiting for them to come along in life, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And chances are, you’ve probably also heard folks talk about how all of that “honeymoon phase stuff” fades over time as doing life with your love becomes the norm!
BUT, just because this happens, doesn’t mean that all of our relationships are doomed – not even close! It means that if we’re going to try and keep that spark alive over the span of 40, 50 or even 70 years, it’s going to take work,
day-in and day-out.
It may not be the easiest thing to do, but your significant other will certainly appreciate the effort you put towards your relationship (and will probably reciprocate some efforts of their own as well)!
Do you remember when you first realized your need for Jesus? I had grown up a “Christian” all my life, but it wasn’t until I got a little older that I truly understood who Jesus was and why He cared about me. I remember how happy I was when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I remember the way that Scripture would tug at my heart during my quiet times. I remember how quick I was to obey what the Bible was instructing me to do, and how happy I was to respond.
However, as time went by, the initial “spark” of my relationship with Jesus started to fade. Reading the Bible and praying became more of a chore I had to complete before the end of the day. I was content with living very comfortably in the “gray area” of my Christian life.
I became complacent in my relationship with Jesus.
And many of you might say that at some point, you’ve done the same.
BUT, just as with any relationship, it doesn’t have to stop there! I love today’s verse because it’s such an honest and beautiful plea from Psalmist. He’s asking God to remind him of the joy he first had when their relationship began. He’s basically saying, “God, I’m feeling unhappy and unmotivated. I want to obey You, but I need Your help because I can’t do this on my own!”
The truth is, God wants to help restore your joy and motivation to obey, and He WILL. Your relationship with Him is the most important relationship you could ever possibly have.